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Inside Iowa State
Jan. 9, 1998

A look back


Dan Robinson, professor of professional studies in education, is named interim vice president for student affairs. A national search opens to find a permanent successor to Tom Thielen.

Spouses J. Herman Blake and Emily Moore visit campus as the fourth George Washington Carver visiting scholars (in August, Blake is named director of African American Studies and Moore, a professor in the College of Education).


Christina Hixson sends another gift to ISU, adding another year to freshmen and sophomores' scholarships.

More than 1,000 students attend the 20th annual Big Eight Black Student Government Conference, hosted by ISU.


A newly unveiled extension plan aims at making faculty appointments more flexible and extension work project-based. The changes begin in the College of Agriculture.

The first Iowa State Science and Technology Fair convenes at Hilton Coliseum.

Secretary of the U.S. Air Force Sheila Widnall visits campus.


John McCarroll begins work as director of university relations.

Road Scholars tours shift into reverse; extension employees from 24 counties visit campus.

Faculty Senators get a first look at proposed changes in the promotion and tenure policy; discussion continues through the spring and fall senate sessions.

During the 75th Veishea celebration, Harold "Uri" Sellers is killed.

Following a much-needed renovation, the Black Cultural Center is rededicated. ISU and the BCC sign a 10-year contract that outlines terms for mutual support.

Van carrying ISU solar car team, returning from qualifying rounds in Arizona, crashes near Topeka, Kan.; two students suffer serious injuries.

Staffers at WOI Radio celebrate 75 years since the station's first broadcast.


More than 200 P&S employees participate in the first Professional Development day, sponsored by the P&S Council.

Simon Estes performs at commencement and receives honorary degree.


President Martin Jischke leads ISU delegation to China to lay groundwork for exchange programs and cooperative efforts with Chinese universities.

Solar team finishes 26th in Sunrayce 97, receives "Spirit of Sunrayce" award for persevering through adversity.


Carol Meeks is named dean in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences.

ISU researchers win three R&D100 awards for an ultrafast DNA sequencer, a monitor that could curtail pollution from coal- fired power plants and a process for making magnet material.


Tom Hill arrives at ISU as the new vice president for student affairs.

President Martin Jischke asks students for their pledge that future Veisheas will be safe and alcohol-free, sets final decision on Veishea's future for October.

ISU's first athletic Hall of Fame class is inducted.

The press tower and spectator suites are finished at Jack Trice Stadium, a refurbished Trice statue is moved to a stadium location from central campus.

The Iowa State University Child Care Center at Veterinary Medicine opens, creating 84 additional spots for child care on campus.


A ground-breaking ceremony is held for the $61 million Engineering Teaching and Research Complex (construction work had begun several months earlier).

Provost John Kozak announces four new faculty positions will be created during the year to bolster ISU's course offerings in areas of diversity (another four were created the previous year).

Low-Sat Soy oil test-marketed in Cedar Rapids Hy-Vee stores; in December, sales expand to a seven-state area.


The Atanasoff-Berry Computer replica is unveiled in Washington, D.C., and begins an eight-month tour of Iowa communities.

The Gentle Doctor and an outdoor mural are reinstalled at the Veterinary Medicine complex.

The college raised more than $228,000 to pay for extensive conservation work on the two Christian Petersen pieces.

Following five student organizations' pledges to keep Veishea safe and alcohol-free, President Martin Jischke announces the student-run event will be held in the spring.

Faculty Senate approves a full faculty vote for spring on the promotion and tenure policy.


Corley Peterson Brooke is named second director of the Center for Teaching Excellence.

Provost John Kozak announces two faculty positions have been created to translate technology innovation and scientific investigation into actions internationally.

ISU officials sign a five-year contract with The Richmond Center and McFarland Clinic to provide employee assistance services for Iowa State employees.


About 120 faculty and staff participate in a workshop aimed at better coordination of ISU's outreach and research efforts in Russia and Ukraine.

Faculty and students in the colleges of Business, Engineering and Education host a grand opening of the 3M Corporate Business Laboratory.

Halfway through the five-year Campaign Destiny, the ISU Foundation has raised three-fourths of the $300 million goal.

Lauri Dusselier arrives at ISU as the first director of a wellness program for employees.

Pam Thomas is named director of the women's center.

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